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Our church is fortunate to have received several special donations that will cover much of the cost. But the rest is simply miraculous! While we continue with an almost 6-digit negative budget, we will have a fully renovated, air-conditioned and ADA-compliant sanctuary. Continue reading

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It has been a long tradition at First Reformed Church that the pastor shares every year at the April of Consistory a Report on the Future of the Church. My predecessors chose this date because it constitutes the first Consistory meeting of the year with newly installed members. With the following, I would like to share some lightly edited passages from this year’s report. I do so, because pondering the future of our church is good for all of us and not just the Consistory. Continue reading

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Our lives as Christians materialize in large parts through service to others. If you follow the Apostle Paul, this is a principle deeply ingrained in every congregation. In I Corinthians 12, he lists several spiritual gifts among the faithful. Their … Continue reading

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Tom De Vries, the General Secretary of our denomination met with several regional leaders in early December at New Brunswick Seminary to discuss questions the current state of the church and to listen to the voices in our region. Susan … Continue reading

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What we have to offer in terms of congregational life, heritage, and our understanding of the love of God is too precious to be withheld from the communities in which we live. Building our invitation on this reality may appeal to those who seek us. And it is theologically responsible at the same time. Continue reading

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We had an important coffee hour on World communion Sunday: Andrea Reynolds talked to us about human trafficking, and how it affects places in New Jersey where many of us would not have suspected it: Rural communities, large sports events and even military bases. Continue reading

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It is very common to read the Bible and then to ask how its message applies to our lives. So when Paul says in 1st Corinthians 13:4 that love is not boastful or arrogant, we will mostly try to discover the truth of this in our lives. It works, if we succeed. And the longer we have lived as Christians, attended church and come used to reading the Bible, the easier this will be. Continue reading

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